I am a Sri Lankan who lives in Hong Kong. I am travelling to France via UK. I have an airside transit. So DATV is required.

I am having a doubt in processing time of Direct Airside Transit Visa from the British Consulate for the following scenario:

The UKBA site says that 100% (!) of transit visa applications in Hong Kong are processed within 5 days.

And also it says that 100% (!) of transit visa applications in Sri Lanka are processed within 40 days.

Does anyone have an idea which time range is applicable for me (Sri Lankan who lives in Hong Kong) please?

Because for the moment I have only one month time period remaining.

  • The Hong Kong figure is probably the most relevant but I am not sure whether is matters all that much as you should probably apply as soon as possible in any case.
    – Relaxed
    Feb 10, 2014 at 7:03

2 Answers 2


Thank you for the all guidance.

I just want to share the real experience I had because I assume this will be helpful for others.

For the Direct Airside Transit Visa, it took around 8 working days for me.


To me this information is pretty clear. It just depends on where you apply.

  • Up to 5 days if you apply in Hong Kong.
  • Up to 40 days if you apply in Sri Lanka.

Assuming that you are in Hong Kong now, you should obviously apply from there.

  • It would seem so but do you have any personal experience or other source of information to back that up?
    – Relaxed
    Feb 10, 2014 at 7:02
  • No, I just clarified the information from the links posted in the question.
    – Phil
    Feb 10, 2014 at 7:41

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